About LonePlacebo

LonePlacebo is a mobile and web technology blog founded by Tony Hue in December 2009.

If you consider yourself a geek or technophile, you’ve come to the right place. Don’t read this blog if you’re looking for breaking news because, well, you won’t find any. I’ve left that to Techcrunch, The Next Web, and The Verge.

But, if you get excited when your favorite apps releases a new version and you immediately click the “Update now” button, this blog is for you. Here, you’ll find stories, tips, and reviews of awesome apps, gadgets, and websites. Oh, we also have a podcast.

Meet the Team

Tony Hue

Tony Hue – Founder

Tony is the founder of LonePlacebo and is interested in startups, web development, and mobile technology. In 2013, he graduated from the University of California, Irvine, majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Informatics.

Joseph Chang

Joseph Chang – Executive Baron of Writing

An all-around guy who knows too much for his own good. Reads tech blogs and posts to brighten my day. I do photography, tech news and a little music on the side. Mostly side projects and some fun.

Jeff Hong

Jeff Hong – Senior Managerial Editor – 2011-14

Jeff is interested in software development and database analysis. He currently attends the University of California, Irvine majoring in Business Information Management and has a passion for tutoring, reading, and learning new things.

A “Brief” History

LonePlacebo Logo

Masterfully crafted using the venerable Microsoft Paint

Back in 2009, I created a website using Weebly (my first website was a Geocities website). At that time, I didn’t know even know what HTML and CSS was. Luckily, thanks to Weebly’s WYSIWYG website builder, I didn’t need to know how to code.

The site I built was a parody site of a made-up business that was failing miserably at every turn. Profits were declining steeply, shareholders were crying for the CEO’s head, and bankruptcy court was inevitable. Then, I added a blog section to the site. That’s when things started to get more interesting…

Around this time, a friend of mine introduced me to the world of custom-built desktop computers. This was during my senior year in high school, and up to the point in my life, I did not consider myself remotely close to being “technical.”

Yet, the idea of building my own computer fascinated me. Motivated also by the prospects of playing Grand Theft Auto IV on a PC (don’t judge me), I convinced my parents during dinner one evening that in order to jumpstart my aspiring career I needed a couple hundred dollars to buy the parts to a computer. They agreed, and I soon built my first custom computer.


The culmination of my high school career.

The name

As my high school graduation edged closer, I made the jump over to WordPress.com, and created a blog. I needed a name for my new blog and without hesitation I called it “LonePlacebo.” Luckily for me, the name was available.


Best reason for building a computer

Allow me to backtrack a bit. After successfully building my desktop computer, I finally got to play GTA IV. During the abominable registration process, I was required to create a Windows Live account. When it came down to creating a username however, I was a bit stumped. At one point, I remember entering “placebo” but found out someone had already taken it.

It was at this point during the registration process that I was offered a list of possible alternatives for my username. In that list was the name “loneplacebo” and I decided to go with that.

Fast-forward back to creating a WordPress blog, and the name “loneplacebo” immediately came to mind.

Thus, on August 20, 2009, loneplacebo.wordpress.com was born. Yes, it’s still active as of writing. Maybe it’s for sentimental reasons, but I just can’t convince myself to delete its existence from the internet.

The Final Move

For the rest of 2009, I started teaching myself web design from books I purchased and reading blogs. It wasn’t long before I got that “itch” once more, and started looking for new digs.

Luckily, I was in love with WordPress. People call it many things. A CMS, a blogging platform, etc. I consider it one of the most influential learning tools in my life.

So, when it came time to look for a more permanent residence for LonePlacebo, I settled with a familiar partner and opted for a self-hosted WordPress blog. On December 20, 2009, I delivered my “Hello World!” post.


It’s been over two years now since I launched this site. During that span of time, over 150 posts have been published, over 20,000 readers visit this blog every month, and I’ve assembled a small, unofficial team to work with me.

Blogging isn’t easy. Finding the time, maintaining that commitment to posting regularly, and staying motivated despite lackluster results, are constant challenges I’ve dealt with.

During one bad stretch, I thought I was giving up LonePlacebo for good. During a 4-5 month layoff, I pursued a new interest: social media. I felt that the topic did not align exactly with the content on LonePlacebo and, craving a fresh start once again, I launched a new site called Hack Social Media.

By May 2011, I was back writing on LonePlacebo. I thought I had left it for dead. During my “sabbatical” launching a new blog, it began to dawn on me that I still loved technology. Nothing had really changed and I knew I had to give it another chance. And, so I did.

Hopefully, the story of LonePlacebo will continue to rewrite itself for years to come.